November 1, 2023
Our Accounts Assistant Sophie has been busy over the last few months helping out at the Hastings Gang Show, as one of the Musical Directors, alongside local musician Joe Thomas.
A Gang Show is a theatrical, variety show, performed by members of Scouts and Guides. The shows are produced to provide members with an opportunity to experience life on the stage, as well as contributing to the artistic and cultural growth of their local community. Gang Shows are entirely volunteer run, and often feature a majority of work written by Scouting and Guiding members. Gang Shows originated in 1931, when Ralph Reader, a Rover Scout trying to make his mark in theatre in the US and London, was asked to write a Scout-based variety show to raise money for a swimming pool at Downe Scout Camp. The name came about during a rehearsal break. Reader called his cast together, and one responded “Aye, aye Skip, the gang’s all here”. And so the Gang Show was born.
The first Gang Show in Hastings was in 1966, produced by Eric Stokes (1922-2016). Over 50 years later and they’re still going strong with a cast of over 100 young people and adults from Scouting in Hastings, Rye and District, and Guides from the Hastings Division. The cast perform in November each year, offering 4 opportunities for friends, family and the local community to come along and support. They can’t promise a west end performance, but they can promise to fill the stage with a bunch of enthusiastic cast members ready to entertain!
This year the show will be performed at the White Rock Theatre in Hastings from 16th-18th November with a matinee on 18th November. Tickets are selling fast and can be purchased here: